Local markets are generally held on Saturdays or Sundays. However, for many years markets in Goolwa were held by the Encounter Bay Rotary Club on the first and third Sundays of each month in Jaralde Park Goolwa in the wharf precinct.
In October 2017, Cittaslow Goolwa introduced a farmers market that has been held ever since on the second and fourth Sundays of most months in the same park. This means that on every Sunday - except for the fifth Sunday that occurs four times each year - a market was held in Goolwa. This has led to some confusion.
Now this issue has been addressed. Commencing on January 31, the Cittaslow Goolwa Farmers' Market will be held on the second, fourth and where it applies, the fifth Sunday of the month.
Farmers Markets differ from other markets. The Australian Farmers Market Association (the Goolwa market is a member) defines a farmers market as being predominantly a fresh food market that operates regularly within a community, at a focal public location that provides a suitable environment for farmers and specialty food producers to sell farm-origin and associated value-added specialty foods directly to customers.
Cittaslow Goolwa Farmers Market Manager, Jane Williams said "Farmers markets are the very best way to support local produce and suppliers". The Goolwa Farmers Market was established to further the aims of Cittaslow Goolwa which include helping to make the Alexandrina Council area the best place it can be for residents and for visitors.